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Making castles from boxes: Keeping a princess busy

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Rachel loves role play and dress up. Like every little girl she wants to be a princess and loves castles!!! Unfortunately her new Princess Hello Kitty is castle-less right now as the other dolls have taken over the other 3 castles we have so we decided to make a castle.

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Developmental areas:
Cutting to pattern
Assembling according to sequence
Listening whilst following instructions
Patience (we literall had to watch paint dry)

What you will need:
3 Boxes of different sizes (use those left over from Christmas gifts)
Empty Toilet roll or empty gift wrap rolls (cut into towers)
Left over gift wrap or Christmas cracker paper
Paint
Paper
Lots of tape
Glue
Markers
Creativity to draw in details or a Hunky Hubby

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Glue and tape boxes together. I kept the one side open to allow the castle doors to.swing open for Hello Kitty to play in.

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Paint paint paint. You can also cover with left over gift wrap. We used left over paper from the Christmas crackers to cover the tall tower. Covering would be quicker. We had to wait a full day for the paint to dry!

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Cover the sized rolls with left over wrapping or paint and assemble on the box framework. You will need 9 of these.

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Cut the top of the rolls to create the tower look. Hunky Hubby folded in every alternate cut for an awesome look!

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Stick onto the frame. We used super glue 🙂

Add details by drawing the windows and doors and make a flag with a toothpick and paper.

Hello Kitty moved in straight away!!!!

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We also love that the “doors” open so that Hello Kitty can invite the Polly Pockets and Barbies over!!!

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Rachy has been playing for about 2 hours with the new creation! I even managed to enjoy a full mug of steaming coffee and Hunky Hubby took a well deserved nap!!!

Enjoy some family time everyone!!

K

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Upcycling to keep a princess busy: Making a Bird Feeder from a plastic bottle

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Happy New Year!

Summer is a time for outdoor fun and Rachy’s favourite activities always incorporate bird watching. Thankfully she’s finally reached the age where she no longer terrorises them by stalking and then shrieking in their direction, but she is always looking for ways to draw them nearer! So was born the idea of a bird feeder. Now, making Santa look good was expensive enough, so spending money on this was out of the question. Then I saw the water bottle:

What you will need:

Any plastic bottle (water, soda, etc)
Scissors
Paint
Black marker
Tape
And string (preferably not wool)

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Areas to be developed:
Hand-eye coordination
Colour knowledge
Following sequence of instructions

Process:

Cut the bottle making sure that the top half fits over the bottle half. Just cut out the middle section

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Cut a hole through both parts large enough for a bird to pop his head into. You are creating the door

This is where the kid fun really begins!!!Paint paint paint. Rachy had great fun mixing and dotting and streaking. I loved watching her tongue stick out as she sat in deep concentration! Allow to dry. This took about 20min with the current heat.

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Taste the sunflower seeds (ok, so we just love sunflower seeds) and fill into open “door” for birdies snacks!

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Daddy Dearest created a loop with the string, and we placed this under the lid and screwed on.

Hang up on something high (we used Rachy’s swing) and pose!!!

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Now begins the wait! I am trying to convince her that hiding right behind the feeder will not fool the birds at all!!

A great little activity and a cute addition to the garden!!

Hope you and the kids enjoy!!!

K